Changes in Hospice Care Outpace Payments

Foster, Rachel
August 2006
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Aug2006, Vol. 80 Issue 8, p26
Trade Publication
The article considers changes in hospice care payment in the U.S. Medicare payments for hospice are predicted to rise 9 percent a year between 2004 and 2015. The number of patients in hospice has grown--from 158,000 patients in 1985 to more than 1 million in 2004. And, significantly, the primary admission for hospice care is no longer cancer, it's neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson's.


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